Just remember, as the boat gets longer, the costs for dockage, storage, haulouts, and such get more expensive. Also, the equipment is generally more expensive to maintain/replace/upgrade, as the equipment has to be larger. Single handing a 40' boat is a bit much for many people.
I don't know what your budget/finances are, but a smaller boat, especially if you're going to sailing solo, may make much more sense. There are plenty of people who bought more boat than they actually needed or could handle easily and ended up with a dock queen.
YMMV. Just a few points to consider.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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